PDev II youth filmmakers created "Moussa", the story of a young man grappling with influences toward violence, and what it takes to overcome them.
"The theme of the film was for the elections and that you should not be manipulated by the political parties. Before the last elections we projected these films and I think there was a real benefit establishing peaceful elections."
PDev II financed construction and equipment for classrooms in Burkina Faso, including desks, ceiling fans, and supplies. The American Ambassador and Burkina Faso’s Minister of Education attended the opening ceremony
“In Niger the population is generally not engaged in local affairs, now they are participating and there is more collaboration between the community and the government administration.”
“The men don’t so much listen to these programs because they are working but they question their wives afterwards about what they were doing, this is when we tell them about the importance of these initiatives in our community.”
Anticipating potential political unrest in the 2016 electoral season, PDev II-trained artists used their musical talents and peacebuilding skills for a song and music video that highlights the importance of peaceful co-existence and Nigerian national unity.
“What has happened in the countries around us can happen here, so although it’s relatively calm now, it’s important to be vigilant to maintain the peace.”
"In Diffa, for example, many youth are vulnerable to be lured by Boko Haram to join their ranks, these programs with their anti-extremism messages played a part in educating these youth about alternatives."
"I saw that even if you are from a poor family, you can do well and succeed in life due to effort and determination. They made us understand that our school is not a place for conflict and violence, but a place for education and tolerance."
“The initiatives of PDev II raised the social consciousness of each of us to really reflect on how it's possible to change things in our community."
Honorine is one of more than 2,000 youth that received vocational training through PDev II. Trainings ranged from tailoring to auto mechanics and food preparation/catering.
“We have become better structured since our engagement with PDev II. Since 2012, we are better organized and have a vision of development and promotion of youth that is clearer.”
Even though literacy has increased in Niger in recent years, it remains one of the least literate countries in Africa. This education project travels to 26 villages located in four of the most vulnerable regions of Niger.
Aichata received PDev II leadership training in 2013. After being elected Vice Mayor, she is eager to use her role to mobilize other youth towards countering violent extremism in N’Guigmi.
“We raised awareness with chiefs and religious leaders so that they would not be key actors of the political parties but rather actors for the civilians leading up to and during elections.”
”I was trained in one of the first training programs in 2011 for community engagement ... it's a contribution to development in our country and also to reduce violent extremism in our community.”
"The school was built in 2015, at that time we had 1,469 students. It has grown since then. There are two classrooms built here with the support of PDev II. The students in these classes feel really encouraged in their studies because of the equipment that has been supplied."
“In Niger, cinema is the best way to explore social issues and raise questions. Where so many are illiterate, the cinema offers a universal language that can reach large numbers of Nigeriens.”
"Muslim and Christian leaders meeting together and civil society organizations. I speak often on the radio and television...I also participated in social media training for youth and religious leaders of Christian and Muslim faith to use social media to fight against extremism."